Scottish Cancer Prevention Network

We Can, I Can | The SCPN Conference 2018



On Monday 5th February we held our 2018 conference, adopting the World Cancer Day theme of ‘We Can, I Can.’ We presented delegates with some of the latest evidence on risk factors associated with cancer and provided information on what is happening in Scotland to tackle the lifestyle factors which impact on cancer e.g. obesity, alcohol consumption, physical inactivity and sedentary lifestyles. We hope delegates came away with inspiration for what we can do as clinicians, academics, policy makers and individuals.

The conference was held in the heart of Edinburgh at the Merchants Hall, Hanover Street, a light and spacious venue, within easy walking distance of transport links, good quality accommodation and hospitality.



9:15 Registration (Tea and coffee will be provided)

Morning Session (Chair: Prof Aileen Keel CBE)

9:30 Introduction
Prof Bob Steele

9:40 A year in the life of the SCPN
Prof Annie S Anderson

9:55 Scottish Cancer Taskforce and the Cancer Strategy
Prof Aileen Keel CBE

10:00 Ministerial address
Aileen Campbell MSP, Minister for Public Health and Sport

10:15 Does the science support action?
Prof Martin Wiseman

Movement and Coffee Break

11:10 Breast Cancer Now supporting cancer prevention
Eluned Hughes

11:30 Prostate cancer – to screen or not?
Prof Bob Steele

11:50 Promoting sun care in the school yard
Dr Gill Hubbard

12:10 Physical activity – a dog with two tails
Prof Nanette Mutrie MBE

Afternoon Session (Chair: Miss Susan Moug)

13:30 Taking action to be a healthy weight – personal and professional motivations
Prof Fiona McQueen

13:50 Health & Active Rehabilitation (HARP)
Jane Holt and Nicky Monaghan

14:10 Be Active Against Cancer – workplace experiences

           Bowel Cancer UK
           Ross Lamb

           Healthy retailing – NHS
           Prof Annie S Anderson

           NHS staff health promotion competition
           Dr Maureen Macleod

14:50 Screening, diagnosis and treatment – experience and reflections
Iain and Wendy Kerr

15:15 Movement and Stretch Break

15:25  Have we got news for you – beyond the headlines
Panel chair Mr Bryan Christie | Members Prof Bob Steele, Prof Martin Wiseman, Elspeth Banks, and Stuart Riddell

16:00 Closing remarks
Prof Bob Steele

“World Cancer Day takes place every year on 4 February and unites the world under a single theme to highlight the on-going fight against cancer. World Cancer Day aims to reduce the number of preventable deaths each year by raising cancer awareness amongst the general public and pressing governments to take further actions against the disease.”

– Official World Cancer Day Guide by UICC.

Since 2014, the SCPN has deliberately scheduled their annual conference to fall on World Cancer Day. We do this, not only to show our support for the initiative, but also on the basis that our conference shares the same aims: to raise cancer awareness, and press governments to take further action against the disease. We believe that cancer prevention and screening is a fundamental part of this action, and organise our conference to share the latest in prevention and lifestyle research, discuss public health issues and present this to health professionals, researchers, charities and government.

This year’s theme is ‘We Can, I Can’, designed to highlight the fact that we (organisations, governments, health professionals) can take action against cancer, but also, as individuals (I), we can take steps to stack the odds against developing cancer.

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